1.1 On 27 January 2020, the President of the Senate, Senator the Honourable Scott Ryan, received a submission from Mr Chris Enright seeking redress under the resolution of the Senate of 25 February 1988 relating to the protection of persons referred to in the Senate (Privilege Resolution 5).
1.2 The submission referred to a speech made by Senator Kitching in the Senate on 27 November 2019. The President accepted the submission and referred it to the Committee of Privileges.
1.3 The committee met and, pursuant to paragraph (3) of Privilege Resolution 5, decided to consider the submission. The terms of the response, which the committee now recommends for incorporation in Hansard, have been agreed to by Mr Enright and the committee in accordance with Resolution 5(7)(b).
1.4 The committee draws attention to paragraph 5(6) of the resolution which requires that, in considering a submission under this resolution and reporting to the Senate, the committee shall not consider or judge the truth of any statements made in the Senate or in the submission.
1.5 The committee recommends:
That a response by Mr Chris Enright in the terms specified in Appendix 1, be
incorporated in Hansard.
Senator Deborah O'Neill
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